Why I may be leaving…YouTube
You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/qecbXY0BATY
This will be a blog post that’s different from the others since I am not going to just focus on the video and what you’ll need but I wanted to explain to a lot of you what is happening. I may have mentioned in the past that it takes 4 days to complete a video. I first work on the item(s) that I’m going to decoupage, that’s usually an all day affair right there, with drying times and all of the notes I’m taking. I’m usually attempting to get some housework done as I work on my video.. Filming the work is another hold up. I have to make sure I’m in the shot, I have to make sure the images are clear. If I was simply painting a piece of furniture -I could finish it in one day. Not when I’m filming though. That requires a whole different set of skills and it takes even more time up. I also have to edit the video’s when I’m done which usually takes a half a day, I put the blog post together, I take all of the notes that I’ve written and I do voice overs usually to explain exactly what I’m doing. I used to respond to everyone on youtube who had questions too which took an unusually long amount of time also. I had to respond to people asking questions on this website, and on my facebook page, all while wondering what next week’s video was going to be about. I am n o t complaining. I love doing decoupage, I love sharing what I’ve learned and the products I’ve used. Honestly? The pay has been that of a part time salary. if I was supporting myself I could never do this. I wouldn’t have the time and I would need a lot more money just to survive, especially here in NJ. The way you get paid when you make videos is through those sometimes annoying ads that you see pop up just before, during or after the video you are watching. Only when people click on those ads, will any of us working on youtube make money. The more views, subscribers and comments you have, even dislikes or thumbs down….is considered activity to advertisers. The bigger your channel and the video, the more money you make. Before I even started making videos I heard a lot of naysayers telling me that you can’t make any money on youtube. Only a few people can. (this advice was all ironically coming from Youtube videos) I knew that wasn’t true. I knew that if they were being accurate they would have said, “I didn’t make money on youtube, maybe you can.” Or “it wasn’t enough money for me for all of the work I was doing.” I also knew that these people were expecting too much too soon. I did all of my homework on how NOT to speak in a video….I’ve heard people cough, clear their throats (yuck!) yell at their kids, answer the phone, and one of my personal pet peeves, say UMMMMM several times through the video. I did my research on how to get found in searches, I paid for a program to help know which keywords to use. I learned all that I could. I finally got to a place where I have a much larger channel and a very good following. So much so that I had to stop replying to comments on youtube because it was just taking up so much time and I could not get away from the computer and the video’s. I took a break earlier in the year for a while, and it felt great….only because like an author who was under pressure to write a second book after the success of a first book, I was always doing video’s because I now had to do them. I had to get something out there on youtube. I knew that I needed to be consistent and that I needed to let people know they could count on me. But I was feeling very uninspired. I wasn’t wild about a lot of my projects. I spent a lot of my off time going over Pinterest, reading the most beautiful magazines out there, and looking over some of my favorite projects. And I felt like my creativity came back to life. But as I continued to make more new videos and I loved a lot of what I was doing….I noticed that the money I was making from the ads went to down to almost half of what I was making. I wondered if it had to do with the summer coming up. Summer is notoriously slow, naturally. Most people are out in the warm weather whereas the colder months bring people in. I was getting frustrated. Imagine working as hard as you can only to start making LESS money. I heard about something called Admageddon on Youtube but every youtuber that I saw complaining about it was either controversial or they had the most foul mouths. I’m not a big fan of cursing. I never heard my parents curse, and my Mother was always the classiest women I had ever known. So when I heard the larger youtube channel owners complaining I thought, “Well no wonder a family oriented business doesn’t want to advertise on your channel.” I thought nothing of it and moved on. A few weeks ago I got a notice from youtube telling me that my video was not eligible for ads and that if I thought youtube made a mistake I could challenge it. Only after my video had 1000 views with no ads would they then have a look at it. Problem was, most of my video’s hit that thousand on the first day or two, then the views trickle off greatly. Even if they did ultimately approve my video for ads, the very few people who watched my videos were not enough to keep me going on youtube. I was very concerned since I love what I do. My focus has been so much on making youtube video’s that I haven’t gotten to focus on much else like making more artistic papers to sell on Zazzle. I haven’t had the time to research how to put a slew of ads on your website and earn money from them. I don’t want it to be too annoying so no worries, if I do figure that one out, I’ll take it easy. The other day I decided to do some more research on youtube and what’s going on behind the scenes.
This is Fascinating if not Scary stuff!
As it turns out a whole lot more has happened on youtube than I realized. Use your favorite search engine and type in : Advertisers that have left Youtube.
You’ll see some huge names like Coke and Pepsi and a few of the major cell phone companies. Look, I’m not good with facts so I’ll tell you what I’ve gleaned from doing my research. There was apparently a company out of the UK who was doing an investigation about youtube and ads. They somehow learned that a terrorist attack was all able to happen because of youtube. The terrorists made youtube video’s and even earned so much money from the ad revenue they were able to afford everything they needed for a terrorist attack. This information was given to the Wall Street Journal and advertisers (after doing their own research) apparently all pulled their commercials (and all of their dollars) from youtube who wasn’t watching over their channels very carefully. I’m kind of annoyed with youtube because if not for the desire for money at all costs, they would have been paying more attention to the content. I’m wondering if someone is reading this and thinking, “That’s not fair, they can’t be all places at all times.” Here’s what I know. There were people who were adding ads of their own on to my channel. When I let youtube know about it, they didn’t care at all. I even told them that this person was putting links on my channel to drive people away from youtube, and that it should concern them. They told me that some people do this: They just sign up for a new account under a pseudonym and continue to harass, or make ruthless comments or advertise on youtube channels. You know what? That’s dead wrong. That right there means you have very little control over something that could be dangerous. That turned out to be dangerous. I could see if they had better controls and sometimes people slip through the loopholes somehow, but even I thought…..hmmm- so I could make up a fake name and go to the pages of those ugly people that insulted me and slam them! (LOL- it’s a little dream I had when I was first making videos and I had a few nut jobs say evil things-not just the perverts who told me to just take my top off-but the bullies, the ugly people – in short, the cowards) But I knew I would be doing the very same thing I didn’t believe in. So where does that leave us today? I’m throwing a few ideas around.
Charging for Videos.
So youtube sent me a notice a few months ago saying that my channel was large enough that I could now charge people to view my video’s. I talked it over with my husband and we both agreed. The reason people go to youtube is because it is all free. I know when click on a video and it tells me I have to pay, the first thing I think is, “There are 10 other channels who do what you do! For Free! Why would I pay?” I then search for one of the other videos. With what’s happened with youtube I’ve also got a bad taste in my mouth. I know that youtube would require a fee from me – so that if I wanted to charge for views-
a. You would have to pay each time you viewed the video
b. Youtube would want a cut of the money that I charged you.
c. Paypal (or Apple pay) would want a part of that money.
d. Youtube would almost surely start to tell me that I could not advertise products (or tell you which products I’m even using) since I’m being paid by them. I am not sure about that, but I’m guessing they would.
So….I want to continue to do what I do. Unfortunately I will have to begin to charge for the video’s but here’s my idea. I want to keep the cost as low as possible. I am currently looking into having a pay per video fee on my business Facebook page or on this website. The plus side about this website is that I may only need to pay a percentage to Paypal, eliminating the middleman (youtube) and there for keeping those costs as low as I can. This is all up in the air so I am hoping that I can get some feedback from you. I am going to make a video and post it on my facebook page to explain this perhaps in more detail. I hope you have liked and followed Upcycle with Decoupage on Facebook so that you’ll be the first to know when something changes. I am going to do a lot of research over the next few days so you’ll know something soon enough. In the meantime, thank you so much for sticking with me my friends. Below is the supply list and the link for you to buy it all.
So here’s how this works: Let’s say you want only one of the products I show in the video, just click on the blue link next to Maya Gold paints. It will take you to Amazon where you can purchase this color of Maya Gold paint. But let’s say you want hydrangea napkins. Simply click on the blue link which will just take you to Amazon. There you can order to your heart’s content. Not only what I’ve suggested but you can do all of your Amazon shopping while you’re there. There’s no change in the way you search, you don’t get charged anything different and you won’t even notice a change. The only reason I put the blog posts together is because I also watch youtube video’s and I know how frustrating it is when someone doesn’t tell me where they got something! I look all over, I search storefronts and online venues only to come up short. I try to showcase items that I know you can find on Amazon to make it easy for you.
Maya Gold Paints http://amzn.to/2xUoUHR
This color is Turquoise, one of the few colors I didn’t show in the video.
Martha Stewart Asst Glitter
Martha Stewart Extra Coarse Glitter
Napkin Decoupage Glue
Pretty Paper Napkins
Chalk Paint (Choose your favorite color and brand)
Nail Polish /Have some laying around? Experiment with them, You can also find some at a dollar store.
Triple Thick Glaze (paint on or spray on)
Sea Shells, if you don’t live near a beach you can always purchase these in a craft store.